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News » Covid-19: Bishop Ikeakor Gives Directives on Church Activities

Mon March 29 2020 - VEN. CHUKWUEBUKA CHUKWUEMEKA

The Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Amichi, His Lordship, The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor has issued guidelines and Episcopal directives on church worship and other activities within the Diocese of Amichi in the face of the rampaging Covid-19.

The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Ikeakor, Bishop, Diocese of Amichi

In a statement made available to the press and circulated to all the churches, Bishop Ikeakor directed that the Diocese of Amichi will not close her doors to worshippers as the pandemic lasts.

Church services will be going on in Diocese of Amichi. However, such services must not be attended by more than thirty (30) worshippers at a time. In view of the government directives and nature of Corona-virus spread, social distance of six (6) feet will be maintained in the sitting arrangement of the Church. To avoid long stay together every service should not last more than one hour thirty minutes.”

“In keeping with the government's directives, the Bishop has directed the Priests to suspend every burial and wedding immediately unless the affected family writes or gives a written undertaking that the number of attendees must not exceed thirty (30) persons, the Priests inclusive.”

Bishop Ikeakor charged Priests in the Diocese to minister hope and faith to the people without overrating or underrating the spread of corona-virus pandemic, giving them balanced Biblical teachings.

While assuring the people of God's protection, he said that nobody will be allowed into the churches without washing his/her hands and using the hand sanitizers at the entrance of the churches. He directed church workers in the diocese to set up hand washing stations at the three major entrances to the church buildings in the diocese.

Bishop Ikeakor insisted that Priests are on essential services and must not abandon their members in this time of global distress. He directed Priests to make themselves available to their church members for counseling and prayers lifting their faith.

In keeping with the directives of Anambra State government, Bishop Ikeakor has further directed the suspension of all scheduled outdoor programmes of the Diocese after canceling the Prayer Breakfast and Combined Lenten Meditation earlier slated for April 1. The suspended programmes include 2020 Night of Evidence, Diocesan City-Wide Crusade and Archdeaconry Women Conferences, collation of Canons and Archdeacons, Children's Easter Camp etc.

Bishop Ikeakor explained that whereas the church is not afraid of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has taken these steps to show support for the good intentions of governments especially the Anambra State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano. He praised the governor for showing understanding by not shutting down churches in Anambra State as the faith of the people needs to be serviced.

As a palliative response, Bishop Ikeakor also directed the setting up of a food bank to take care of the indigent members of the Diocese as the lockdown lasts.

Bishop Ikeakor while directing the people to comply with the government's instructions on personal hygiene and social distancing assured them that divine protection and intervention is in sight.

“Beloved people of God, this indeed is a trying and hard period. But we want to assure you that God is the Owner and Ruler of the universe. All powers belong to Him. Healing is insight. Fear not! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. His name is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and they are safe. (proverbs 18:10). Fear not, because these Egyptians you see today, you shall see no more forever” he concluded.